Braga’s importance as a religious centre is by no means a recent phenomenon and pilgrims have been journeying here for many centuries, indeed it is said that the Visigoths would come here to denounce their heresies. Furthermore, in the 12th century, as the seat of the Portuguese archbishops, it became established as the religious capital of the country. This rich historical and cultural past has been lovingly well kept, even to the extent that local laws prevent the construction of high buildings in the certain areas so as to preserve the ancient beauty.
Equally, commerce and culture have always been significant here from its founding in 300BC by the Celts, through Roman times and its status as administrative capital of north-western Iberia to modern times and the prosperity enjoyed by local industry. The name Braga itself is in fact derived from the Roman Bracara Augusta, the name given to the town in honour of the then emperor.
Braga hotelsCathedral, The Se, built in the 12th century by Henri de Bourgogne and Dona Teresa on the site of the church of Santa Maria, which had been destroyed by the Moors centuries beforehand. Their tombs lie together in the Chapel of Kings despite Dona Teresa having been exiled from Braga on the death of her husband due to an adulterous affair. With various alterations over the years, many different architectural styles now adorn the cathedral, from small Gothic arches either side of a large stone-laced Roman example to a Manueline statue of the Virgin Mary with a suckling baby Jesus found in the apse. Another formidable statue here is positioned in the large rooftop niche between the bell towers and again represents the Virgin and Child. Inside the Se, passing two impressive 18th century organs, a collection of Braga’s most important works of sacred art is kept and can be viewed for a small fee.
Baroque wood carvings can be found on the main altar in the 16th century Igreja da Misericordia and, although in its present form dating from the sixteen hundreds, the Igreja de Sao Vicente was originally founded in the 7th century. From the beautifully manicured gardens of Santa Barbara, the imposing medieval walls of the Archbishop’s Palace can be seen and in one of the central streets the Arco da Porta Nova is an archway that served for many years as the main entrance to the walled city and was constructed in the 1700s.
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Continuing the religious vein, the hilltop pilgrimage destination of Bom Jesus do Monte (4 km out of Braga) is particularly impressive. The baroque double granite terraced stairway presents a breathtaking climb in all senses of the word – peppered with grottoes, small chapels, gardens, sculptures and ornate fountains, the many steps zigzag up the hillside to the church which offers alongside a final destination for pilgrims, often climbing on their knees, spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
- Hotel Bracara Augusta**** (from €0.00)
Having the benefit of an exceptional location, the Albergaria Bracara Augusta Is a XIX century authentic building situated opposite the monument in memory of the Pope Jean Paul II.
- Braga POP Hostel (from €17.00)
Braga POP Hostel is a space of culture, art and leisure, located in the heart of the Portugal?s youngest city. We believe that travel is to taste, learn and share and, with that, to return home richer
- Hotel do Parque (from €57.20)
renovated in the year 2000 this 4-storey hotel comprises 49 rooms of which 45 are double rooms and 4 are suites. Guests may make use of the foyer with 24-hour reception desk a safe a currency exchange
- Hotel do Templo (from €61.60)
In Bom Jesus hill you can find the Hotel do Templo a small charming unit completely new and very well fit in the surrounding green park. This hotel has 42 rooms full equipped and a wide range of servi
- Hotel do Elevador (from €74.36)
Situated by the Bom Jesus Sanctuary the Hotel do Elevador is popular among guests for the wonderful views over the ancient town of Braga. All rooms are fully equipped with a complete bathroom with hai
- Hotel Bracara Augusta (from €60.72)
Ideally located in the city centre the hotel is housed within a fully renovated 19th-century building offering tranquillity privacy and well-being. By being located in the city centre in the middle of
- Hotel do Lago (from €37.84)
This modern 3-star hotel is located in the natural park of Monte do Bom Jesus and has a view of the beautiful mountains of Serra do Gerês. We strive to mirror the idyllic setting outside by providing
- Hotel Turismo de Braga (from €61.60)
The Hotel Turismo Braga is a charming 4 star Hotel located in the centre of Braga (Portugal) close to the town's historic centre and offers the perfect combination of services and facilities. It has 1
- Hotel Carandá Braga (from €36.96)
The Hotel Caranda Braga is a lovely 3 star Hotel located in the centre of Braga (Portugal) close to the town's centre and offers the perfect combination of services and facilities. It has 82 rooms mod
- Comfort Inn Braga (from €35.20)
The Hotel Comfort Inn Braga is near by the historical town of Braga capital of Minho Region. It's a pleasant hotel that offers every modern comfort to whoever travels for business or leisure. The 75 r